Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby ~Z~ » Fri May 22, 2020 11:26 am

Patriot wrote:GRE - EB Leonard at 11:10 with five CHs

5 days in a row GRE running to Lowell.. it's been a bit since that has happened.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby MQT1223 » Fri May 22, 2020 12:35 pm

~Z~ wrote:
Patriot wrote:GRE - EB Leonard at 11:10 with five CHs

5 days in a row GRE running to Lowell.. it's been a bit since that has happened.


When was the last time a train ran the GRE at night?
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby SD80MAC » Fri May 22, 2020 12:49 pm

Probably 2009-2010 when they were running the storage extras.

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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Sat May 23, 2020 1:46 pm

13:20 today: Northbound MQT road freight arriving at Baldwin Station with 3406 leading, 24 cars, about half boxcars and the rest a mix of covered hoppers and tanks.

MQT caboose 3158 is on the east leg of the wye beside the depot with about a dozen loaded ballast hoppers. Bundles of new ties are also staged.

EDIT: sounds like they are heading back south again at 14:05, 5 miles south of Baldwin.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby kd_1014 » Sat May 23, 2020 3:05 pm

GP30M4216 wrote:13:20 today: Northbound MQT road freight arriving at Baldwin Station with 3406 leading, 24 cars, about half boxcars and the rest a mix of covered hoppers and tanks.

MQT caboose 3158 is on the east leg of the wye beside the depot with about a dozen loaded ballast hoppers. Bundles of new ties are also staged.

EDIT: sounds like they are heading back south again at 14:05, 5 miles south of Baldwin.


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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Sat May 23, 2020 3:58 pm

I don’t, unfortunately. No visual on a southbound. Actually, I’m not even sure it was a road train. Normally we can hear them at a minimum of 2 crossings up at our place up here, but I only heard them at one. I wonder if they might have grabbed some of those ballast cars?
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby kd_1014 » Sun May 24, 2020 2:32 pm

SD80MAC wrote:Probably 2009-2010 when they were running the storage extras.


Really wondering what the situation was at Fuller yard for that train. Did CSX or GDLK drop them off in one big cut over the Alpine bridge and had GRE just pick them up and go?
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby SD80MAC » Sun May 24, 2020 3:20 pm

Yes, CSX arrived with them, pulled through the interchange and west across Alpine until they were clear of the switch. 24 tied onto the east end, CSX cut away, and 24 took them east.

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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby KenB » Mon May 25, 2020 3:18 pm

CSXT brought a windmill blade train up from Toledo to Plymouth, MI on May 25, 2020. Was in Plymouth at Lilly Road at 1400 waiting on a LSRC crew to take train North. Power is UP 6264.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Tue May 26, 2020 8:34 am

GRE - EB Leonard at 8:34 with a single CH
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby AARR » Tue May 26, 2020 10:25 am

DCON 836 approaching Milwaukee Jct. with 8-10 gondolas and 1 tank car
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Tue May 26, 2020 12:01 pm

GRE - WB Leonard at 12:00 noon with 13 CHs from King
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby NSSD70ACe » Tue May 26, 2020 2:44 pm

GDLK heading north from Elkhart with maybe 30 some cars, including 4 Amtrak ballast hoppers.
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Thu May 28, 2020 2:04 pm

GRE - WB Leonard at 2:03 with a single CH
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Fri May 29, 2020 9:22 am

GRE - EB Leonard at 9:22 with 7 CHs and 1 tank
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Re: Michigan Short Line Updates: May 2020

Unread postby SD80MAC » Fri May 29, 2020 9:31 am

WMI left 2 cars for CSX last night, and it sounds like D700 dropped off 6.
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Unread postby Talk » Sat May 30, 2020 11:53 am

On May 27th, The MS had issues with the Swing Bridge and ended up blocking 3 railroad crossings in downtown Grand Haven. Ended up having to back the whole train all the way through town and tied down for the night by Rosy Mound Elementry school.
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